Did you know that you can grow an avocado from an avocado pit? It’s very easy to do, and an excellent way to have a constant supply of nutritious avocados all year round. That being said, it does require patience to bear fruit for the first time. But once the plant matures you can truly get the unlimited supply you’re looking for.
According to the California Avocado Commission, “be patient about seeing fruit. If you have purchased and planted a tree, you can probably expect to see your first fruit 3-4 years after planting. If you are growing from seed, it can take anywhere from 5 to 13 years before the tree is mature enough to set fruit.”
The Health Benefits of Avocados
Avocados bring a healthy balance of valuable nutrients to the table, offering:
- A rich source of good fat
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6 & more
This fruit has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, eye degeneration, and even cancer.
How can you grow them?
Grow an Avocado Tree from an Avocado Pit
- Remove the large pit from inside an avocado, rinse well, and dry.
- Take four quality toothpicks and stick them into the sides of the pit at about the mid height of the pit. The toothpicks will be used to suspend the pit in water, while keeping the top half in the air.
- Fill a jar with room-temperature water. Place the avocado pit with the pointed end facing up and the wider, flat end facing downward into the glass so that the toothpicks rest on the rim. The bottom 1cm of the pit should be under the water.
- Replace the water in the glass at least two or three times per week to provide fresh water and prevent mold from growing.
- In 2-6 weeks, roots and a stem will sprout from the seed. When the stem is about six inches long, trim it in half.
- Pot the sprouted seed in a mixture of one part potting soil, one part peat moss and one part perlite using care not to damage the root. Position the seed so that the top of the seed is above the soil level.
- Move you avocado plant to a sunny location that receives direct sunlight. Growing the plant in low light conditions results in a tall stem with small leaves. These sun-loving plants need adequate sunlight to develop.
- Summer you avocado plant outside in a sunny area, but don’t forget to bring it inside when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the 50s in late summer or early fall
Article originally posted on LivingTraditionally.com republished with permission.